Clinical Theory Practice of the 21st Century|
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In a world where there is constant change, and individuals are constantly attempting to adapt and cope with these changes, the human experiences and responses to this process is central to nursing interest, (Meleis, 2012). Today’s global health problems in addition to the politically volatile health care system, and the rising cost of health care seem insurmountable. As nurses, is it our responsibility to address these issues that confront us? Deva-Marie Beck, (2010) proposes that indeed it is, but that it will take a renewed vision and participation of the nurse in the active role of promoting the cause of human health, both locally and globally. While continuing the practices we have established, nurses can also create new, innovative and relevant practice, (Beck, 2010). Beck (2010) maintains that as nurses, we must focus on how to effectively promote health, and facilitate a healthy environment. Continuing with Florence Nightingales philosophies, she states that “we as nurses can assume as Nightingale did, that our knowledge and experience is valuable to the wider general public, as well as for individual patients and their families”, (2010). Ultimately, nurses are at the front lines of quality patient care, and the ones sustaining a culture of caring in health care. As the largest and most respected healthcare profession, it will be imperative that nurses take their place as leaders and reformers in developing new research frameworks that emphasize the value of what we do, and give credibility and respect to our profession in the 21st century. According to Meleis (2012), in order for...